Image: Reflection on Documentary on Sugar

Have you ever wondered why one packet of sugar is not enough for your tea or coffee? Or have you ever brewed tea/coffee in your house and when you add sugar for two people, why two or even three spoons of sugar are not enough?

Well — lately I have realized that the sugar spoon in my house has grown into a a 4 oz cup.

It hadn’t occurred to me that there is more to it than what sees the eye.  I love sweets. They are my only weakness that keeps me preventing from loosing excess fat. It’s that simple.

Thus today, after class – I was thinking that if I had to watch a documentary – I should watch something that will educate me in a personal way and maybe curve my attraction to all of the sweet stuff out there I love to indulge.  Chocolate being first my love and enemy is the reason I decided to watch about sugar.

So via this documentary I learned that we eat tons of sugar in a day without even realizing we eat sugar! I mean TONS of sugar!  The Food industry, in an attempt to attract customers, pay a high price to find the perfect taste where sugar is just right for the majority.

We not only consume sugar naturally via fruits, but also in the basic forms of:

  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • honey
  • molasses
  • syrup
  • high corn fructose syrup
  • sucrose
  • Below is a list of additional sweeteners found listed in ingredients.

SweetnersThe majority of the population consumes, unknowingly, approximately 26 spoons of sugar in the various forms in an entire day – that is approximately 4000 grams or 40 kg per year!

Common brands, like below, can’t even survive in the food industry if the taste was not a primary factor – and this taste is what we, the consumer, determines.

  • Nestle
  • Clover Leaf
  • Maple Leaf Prime
  • Schneider
  • Aunt Jemima (Syrup)
  • Camallon
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Heinz
  • Pepsi
  • Coca-Cola
  • Skippy
  • General Mills
  • Kraft
  • Kellogg’s
  • Christie’s

Bruce Bradley, former Food Industry Executive, confirms that without sugar or supplements, no food industry can survive. In accordance to Dr. Howard Markowitz, a.k.a. Dr. Bliss, sugar drives taste in edible products and the competition remains success due to the perfect amount of sugar in demand.

It’s apparent that since we eat sugar all day long, we do become somewhat immune to it’s flavor and over a period have grown accustomed to sugar in our daily routine.

Sugar breaks down into two simpler sugars: Fructose and Glucose. Glucose is something found in all cells and is produced by humans when not consumed. It spreads out through the body feeding muscles and brain. Fructose, on the other hand, is not needed nor produced in great quantity by the human body. Additionally, fructose is only broken down in the liver. For people who are inactive and eat a Western diet, large amounts of fructose from added sugars get turned into fat in the liver. And it is in the liver that all kinds of metabolic diseases begin.

Dr. Robert Lustig, Michael Moss, John Yodkin, state that sugar is also the reason for the leading diseases such as:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • CHD
  • Hypertension
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • Gingivitis
  • Obesity

Too much sugar shuts down the part of your brain that tells you that your full. (No wonder why I can’t stop eating!)

I am moved by this knowledge. I have to watch what I eat and improve on how I can eat better.